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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

City Council approves alcohol server’s ordinance

The Prescott City Council approved an ordinance regulating the consumption of alcoholic beverages by alcohol servers both in bars and at festivals in Prescott by a unanimous 4-0 vote at its monthly meeting Monday evening.

The new ordinance prohibits bartenders and servers at festivals from having a BAC of greater than .08.

It was just a few weeks ago that the ordinance had barely survived its second reading, needing Mayor David Hovel’s tie-breaking vote to end a 3-3 deadlock and move it onwards to its third reading and final passage. In past council meetings when the ordinance came up on the agenda, many members objected to the city policing what they felt should be an internal business matter.

However, opinions on the ordinance changed after Prescott Police Chief Gary Krutke spoke before the council and assured them the Prescott PD would not engage in “Nazi-like tactics” to enforce the new regulation.

“We will be purely reactive when it comes to enforcement,” Gary Krutke said. “We will respond to complaints and calls we get, not send patrols out with breathalyzers to every bar or festival serving alcohol in town.”

See more on this story in this week's Prescott Journal, on newsstands Wednesday.

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